Oregon’s child-care affordability deemed low


Parents in need of child care pay a higher percentage of their income than anywhere else in the country.

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Parents in need of child care pay a higher percentage of their income than anywhere else in the country.

The Beaver State ranks first in the nation for average annual child-care costs as a percentage of income for married couples and second in the nation for single mothers. A single mother with an infant spends 62 percent of her income on child care; if she has a 4-year-old, that number is 47 percent.

“Oregon’s median income is relatively low and child care costs are relatively high, posing major challenges for parents and regulators,” according to the audit. “The state also has a relatively high overall cost of living, making child care more difficult to afford.”

Read more at the Statesman Journal.